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Explore Spring in NewayGo County

It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the slender of spring in NewayGo County! Plan a few days of exploring the great outdoors as spring comes into full bloom.  Below learn all about the top ten spring  weather activities to help you plan you plan a memorable getaway.

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Try Our Go Exploring Challenge

Are you up for an adventure? The Newaygo County Tourism Council is excited to launch our 2021 Exploring Challenge. With over 120 activities such as photograph a barn, visit a farmers market, explore The Hardy Dam Rustic Trail or go stargazing, this is sure to keep you occupied this Spring! Are you a Pioneer, Adventurer or a true Newaygo County Explorer? How many activities can you accomplish in 2021? Visit the Challenge page: https://newaygocountyexploring.com/challenge/ 

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Explore the Arts

Experience Newaygo County’s rural sophistication with the many public art exhibits, local artisans and galleries.  Exhibits change monthly at The Arts Place, and your spirits will surely be lifted as you surround yourself with art.

ORV in Newaygo

ORV/ATV Adventure

Whether you prefer to jump on a quad, dirt bike or side by side, Newaygo County has options for you!  The Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail in White Cloud is perfect for 2 wheel vehicles with over 16 miles to ride in Newaygo County, connecting to other regional trail systems.  Other ORV/ATVs are welcome on any of Newaygo County’s maintained roads and at White Cloud County Park and Diamond Lake Park.

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Fly Fishing

Choose your own adventure with one of Newaygo County’s two incredible rivers.  The Mighty Muskegon attracts fly fishing enthusiasts from across the nation, searching for Brown and Rainbow Trout trailing behind spawning Steelhead.  The Muskegon River boasts several public access points to start your journey. Pack your gear and grab some bait at Parsley’s Sport Shop in Downtown Newaygo.  The White River, designated as a natural river by the DNR, flows through White Cloud and Hesperia, a true hidden treasure in Newaygo County.  The cool water brings anglers for salmon, trout, and steelhead. This shallow river makes wading effortless while casting for the trout as they feed off the emerging stoneflies. Stop by Hesperia Sport Shop to get the latest fishing report and supplies.

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Mushroom Hunting

Almost as elusive as Big Foot, the Morel mushroom poses a challenge for even the most experienced hunter. After a warm spring rain is a great time to head into the woods, walk slow and keep your eyes down.  Once you find your treasure, be sure to leave the root down for regrowth. Visit 37 North for some waterproof gear to make your foraging adventure more comfortable.

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Birding

Time to look up! Migratory birds are returning in Newaygo County! You can see the different species plunge through the air, hear their distinctive voices and learn about their natural habitat all by just watching. For information on local hot spots, click here.

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Try Disc Golf

Newaygo County has several Disc Golf Courses to choose from – Challenge your friends in a competition or just enjoy a laid back day enjoying the Spring weather.

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Going on a Shopping Spree

The individuality of Newaygo County is reflected in its unique, independently owned shops and restaurants. You won’t find cookie cutter merchandise in this area! Click Here to visit our Foodies and Shoppers page where you can access your own self-guided tour map with all the local favorites, and discover the retailers and restaurants in Newaygo County.

Loda Lake Wildflowers

Loda Lake Wildflower Bloom

This blooming sanctuary is the only wildflower sanctuary in the National Forest System and boasts more than 150 species of plants, wildflowers, trees & vegetation.  Enjoy a self-guided tour along the 1.5 mile trail.  Extend your adventure with the picnic area available at the trail access point. Click to learn more about Loda Lake Sanctuary.

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Hiking

Spring can be a messy time to hike, but several of our trails remain open for your enjoyment.  Hoping to avoid the mud all together? Try Fremont’s Town & Country Path for a mostly paved experience.  Looking for nature, but don’t want wet boots? The Coolbough Natural Area trail has several boardwalks to help avoid the mud. Going all-in for a rustic experience?  The North Country Trail has dozens of miles to choose from.

GET OUT AND EXPLORE MORE SPRING IN NEWAYGO COUNTY

With an abundance of natural resources, NewayGo County has no shortage of things to do when spring flowers begin to bloom. Read stories of the spring experience by clicking on the links below.

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ORV/ATV

Newaygo County connects with hundreds of miles of comprehensive trail network for ATV & ORV adventure. Read all about the motorized trail experience in NewayGo County.

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Fly Fishing

Cast a line fly fishing the rivers of NewayGo County from early spring through late fall.

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Spring Hiking

Looking to venture out into the wilderness? NewayGo County is home to miles of hiking trails and numerous nature areas that allow you to get outdoor to enjoy the fresh spring air and create an adventure of your own making.

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Mountain Biking

Our springtime trails invite you to get some mud on the tires. With well-marked marked trails NewayGo County is a great place to spend time on the trails biking the day away.